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August 14, 2006

New Micromedex Interface

Users of MICROMEDEX, the full-text drug information system, will notice a new interface as of August 7, 2006. You'll find the same reliable drug information, with a new look. The new interface offers several enhancements including improved navigation and new features to go along with the new look, such as:

Side-by-side comparisons of two drugs using Comparative Drug Summaries or Therapeutic Class
Improved Drug Identification (imprint, color, shape, pattern)
Expanded drug interactions tools (single and multiple interactions)
Enhanced keyword and full-text search capabilities (including word stems)
Persistent document outline for improved navigation
Navigation based on tabs and drop-down menus

MICROMEDEX is available from the Bio-Medical Library's homepage by choosing the MICROMEDEX Quick Link or clicking on "M" in the alphabetical listing of databases and indexes.

The Library has created a help guide for the new version of MICROMEDEX

If you have any questions about the new interface, or MICROMEDEX in general, feel free to contact me.

August 9, 2006

Dentistry Journals - Moving from Print to Electronic

SOD Faculty/Staff/--

August is the time of year when librarians can add new journal titles, cancel titles, or add electronic access for new or existing subscriptions for the upcoming calendar year.

As part of this process, librarians at the Bio-Medical Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library are looking at their journal lists and identifying titles that we receive in both print and electronic formats, with the intention of cancelling print versions while maintaining (or sometimes enhancing) electronic access. This is being done to look for additional cost savings that can then be used to add additional electronic journals to the collections.

These are the Dentistry titles that the Bio-Medical Library currently receives both as a print and electronic subscription, where I am considering cancelling the print copy:

American journal of orthodontics & dentofacial orthopedics
British dental journal
Community dentistry & oral epidemiology
Dental traumatology
European journal of orthodontics
International endodontic journal
Journal of dental research
Journal of aesthetic & restorative dentistry
Journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery
Journal of oral pathology & medicine
Journal of oral rehabilitation
Journal of orofacial pain
Journal of periodontal research
Journal of periodontology
Journal of prosthetic dentistry
Oral diseases
Oral microbiology & immunology
Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology & endodontics
Periodontology 2000
Quintessence International

Please let me know if you have any concerns about the library cancelling the print format for these titles. We will not cancel the print if the electronic access that is available is “embargoed� (e.g. no access to the most current 12 months of articles) by the publisher.

Our deadline for this project is rather soon, so please communicate to me any of your concerns by August 15.


Lisa McGuire – Dentistry/Dental Hygiene Library Liaison
Phone: 612-626-3643
Email: lmcguire@umn.edu